Blythe Baird - “Girl Code 101” (NPS 2014)
"Give me one accomplishment of Mary’s that did not involve her vagina."
Performing during prelims at the 2014 National Poetry Slam.
The problem is that white people see racism as conscious hate, when racism is bigger than that. Racism is a complex system of social and political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of whites at other people’s expense, whether whites know/like it or not. Racism is an insidious cultural disease. It is so insidious that it doesn’t care if you are a white person who likes black people; it’s still going to find a way to infect how you deal with people who don’t look like you. Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another. And so on. So while I agree with people who say no one is born racist, it remains a powerful system that we’re immediately born into. It’s like being born into air: you take it in as soon as you breathe. It’s not a cold that you can get over. There is no anti-racist certification class. It’s a set of socioeconomic traps and cultural values that are fired up every time we interact with the world. It is a thing you have to keep scooping out of the boat of your life to keep from drowning in it. I know it’s hard work, but it’s the price you pay for owning everything.
Scott Woods (X)
he motherfucking dropped the truth.
THAT’S THE PRICE YOU PAY FOR OWNING EVERYTHING
this is a super important explanation to think about whenever you feel like telling someone that something isn’t racist because you don’t hate x person.
I probably reblogged in the past, but here it is again in that case.
Every time this shows up on my dashboard (which is like always, because it stays relevant) I get super excited that I know people as smart and awesome as Scott Woods.
One by Thuli Zuma
Fuck You, Old People by Tayler Geiger, Ben Tolkin, Andie Berry, and Sam Lai
Neil Hilborn - “Dear Creationists”
"When I orgasm, it only lasts for five minutes, if I am on drugs and also lying."
Performing at Button’s third birthday party.
Brenna Twohy - “Fantastic Breasts and Where To Find Them” (NPS 2014)
"My sex cannot be packaged. My sex is magic. It is part of a bigger story. I am whole. I exist when you are not fucking me."
One of the most memorable poems we saw at the National Poetry Slam this year. Harry Potter, feminism, sex positivity.
Jenna Robinson & William Giles - “Selfie” (NPS 2014)
"When we hold the cameras, news stations can’t pretend we don’t exist. So tell me again that the camera is not an instrument of change."
Performing for Hawaii during prelims at the 2014 National Poetry Slam.
Ugh my heart. I’m honored to be mentioned in this badass poem!
Thadra Sheridan - “After the Bowling Stopped”
"You are the rockstar me I am too impatient to wait for."
Another gorgeous video from Thadra Sheridan and Jamie DeWolf.